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Simpson Center for the Humanities

Digital Humanities Summer Institute (Victoria)

June 7-11, 2021

The Simpson Center for the Humanities invites proposals for the 2021 Digital Humanities Summer Institute, a renowned five-day institute at the University of Victoria, British Columbia.  UW faculty, doctoral students, and professional staff are eligible to apply individually or in teams of two to four people. A model that is particularly encouraged is the DH lab: one faculty member leading a project with two to three doctoral student collaborators.  We encourage proposals from across the humanities, broadly defined. Units represented in recent years include History, Asian Languages & Literature, Philosophy, UW Libraries, and others. We especially encourage proposals from literary studies; cinema and new media studies; and histories of art, music, theater, and performance.

We also encourage proposals from faculty and doctoral students with collaborative research projects; chairs and directors of graduate studies; and librarians along with faculty or doctoral students in their fields. The selection committee gives priority to those who will put their DHSI learning into practice in their research projects—from digital components of a dissertation to new forms of humanities scholarship beyond the print monograph—and in their teaching. Critical digital pedagogy is essential for graduate students to learn to teach effectively online, and we especially encourage faculty to incorporate digital humanities tools and methods into their graduate seminars.  Each applicant should select one course and two backups. In the proposal, please describe a clear rationale for each. Course examples include:

  • Text Encoding Fundamentals and their Application
  • Introduction to Javascript and Data Visualization
  • Text Mapping as Modelling
  • Digital Publishing in the Humanities

Grants support tuition and up to $700 in travel costs per person. Those who participated with Simpson Center support in past years may reapply, but we will give special consideration to first-time attendees.

See a list of past participants, who may be helpful in learning about DHSI.

To learn more, visit or contact Simpson Center Assistant Director Rachel Arteaga

To apply, complete the following steps by November 6, 2020:

  1. Compose a single document (Word or PDF) that contains (1) a one-page statement of interest and description of your project, (2) short bios for each participant (@150 words), and (3) an ordered list of your preferred courses. Please make sure that your preferred courses are offered during the week of June 7-11, 2021.
  2. Name your document as follows: [Project/YourName]_DHSI_2021.
  3. Complete the proposal information form and upload your materials.